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TARPON SPRINGS - The Mad Hatter General Store looks like it should smell musty, but it doesn’t. Cobwebs should hang from the rafters, but they don’t. A music box in the corner should echo eerie, tinny chords, but only the overhead speakers play music. It feels like a different era, and maybe, just maybe, it actually is.

Owner Sheri Wilken started with a rented jewelry case at an antique mall while she ran Dunedin Carefree RV Resort and The Blue Moon Inn, her family business. She collected pieces from the ’20s, ’30s, ’50s and everything in between. Vintage pieces that now invoke a “wow” when customers walk into her store.

In September 2011, after her family sold the company, she opened a small shop on Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. Five months later, she moved next to Currents Restaurant in Tarpon Springs. A year later, when she didn’t get enough foot traffic, she moved her store to its current location.
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TARPON SPRINGS - After months of arguments and blame, the first part of the revised sponge dock improvement project is ready to go.

More than 100 lights will be installed along the sponge docks and up the first block of Athens Street, hopefully by October or November.

“The main thing we wanted to accomplish was a more nautical look than you see down there now,” said City Manager Mark LeCouris at the July 1 City Commission meeting when the plans were given final approval.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs has joined nearly a dozen municipalities to endorse the Greenlight Pinellas plan, voting 3-2 on July 15.

“The bottom line is having viable public transportation in Pinellas County and Tarpon Springs,” said Vice Mayor Jeff Larsen. “Greenlight Pinellas is a step in the right direction.”

The Greenlight Pinellas plan, to be voted on during a referendum on Nov. 4, would be funded by a 1 percent sales tax, replacing the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s cut of the property tax currently paid by Pinellas homeowners; the county’s sales tax will increase from its current rate of 7 percent to 8 percent. If it passes, the plan calls for more frequent bus routes, longer hours and a 24-mile light rail from Clearwater from St. Petersburg to be opened by 2024.

On the current system, four trolley routes run every 15 to 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, every 30 to 60 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and every 30 to 60 minutes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Three connector routes run every 60 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Nobody expected Tarpon Springs to grow as much as it has. The executive board at Florida Hospital North Pinellas certainly didn’t.

But eight years ago, when the emergency room was deemed too small to meet the needs of the community, there wasn’t enough money to fix the problems. Now, they’re looking for the money.

“Access to emergency care is critical to this community,” said Mike Kouskoutis, a Tarpon Springs lawyer who sits on the hospital’s board, at the June 3 City Commission meeting. “The ER is very, very busy and it’s too small.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs Public Art Committee looked both forward and backward during a presentation to the City Commission on July 15.

In the last fiscal year, the committee collaborated with the Plein Air Paint and Photo including a financial contribution and member involvement, created a marketing brochure distributed at the Chamber of Commerce, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and at Tarpon Springs events, donated artwork by local artist Joseph Weinzettle and dedicated the Sunburst Mural plaque at Craig Park and the AMA Tarpon Springs statue in Craig Park.

“It’s been a real honor to contribute to what has been a very successful number of years for the cultural arts department,” said Chairman Lynn Pierson.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Belleair Capital Group has entered into a development agreement with the city of Tarpon Springs to continue work on developing vacant land into the Bayshore Heights subdivision.

The property, located between Loquat Drive and Bayshore Drive, will likely include 65 lots ranging from 7,500 square feet to 16,000 square feet, allowing for larger yards and more separation between houses. Each house also will have a minimum of a 2-car garage and at least 1,600 square feet of living space (which does not include the square footage taken up by the garage), and the developers estimate homes will sell from the high $300,000s to the low $400,000s. Belleair Capital Group plans to use one builder, likely a national company, to build all of the houses in Bayshore Heights.

Water and sewage will be provided by the city, and all utilities, roadways and drainage will be brought up to current city standards, including curbs, gutters and sidewalks. A 4-acre dry pond will be used to maintain wildlife as well as serve as a location for water drainage to prevent flooding.
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Wednesday, July 23
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TARPON SPRINGS - Residents who normally travel Beckett Bridge will need to pick an alternate route Thursday, July 24.

The aging bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for repairs of a transition header between the movable part of the structure and the pavement.

James Butts with Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure said the one-day repair would fix a crack that had formed in the concrete.
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Thursday, June 19
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs City Commission approved the construction bid for a temporary fire rescue station with a unanimous vote at the June 3 City Commission meeting.

The new station, which Fire Chief Richard Butcher said could serve for “a couple of years or whatever we need,” will allow the department to better serve the north side of the Anclote River, which has long been a problem for the fire rescue department.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Sidewalk lighting plans, designated as the first step in the revamped sponge dock improvement project, are almost ready to go before the Tarpon Springs City Commission for final approval.

During two public meetings, City Manager Mark LeCouris and Kathleen Monahan, director of cultural and civic services, met with residents to hear opinions on street lighting for Dodecanese Boulevard.
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• Thursday, July 31, 2014
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall. The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project. For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
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Overeaters Anonymous
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road. Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders. For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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• Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Belleair Women’s Republican Club's candidates forum
BELLEAR – A forum for candidates for circuit court judgeships and Pinellas County School Board seats will be held at The Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s monthly meeting Friday, Aug. 1, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $22. For reservations by July 29. Please call or email Pat Watts at 595-1791 or email wattsp7@aol.com or Sherrie Morton at sherriemorton@tampabay.rr.com. Attendees can pay at the door with a check or cash. The club does not accept credit cards. A forum featuring opposed 6th District Court judicial candidates and Pinellas County School Board candidates will be there.
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Chili’s Food & A Flick Blood Drive
Select Chili’s restaurants will host the Food & A Flick Blood Drive Friday, Aug. 1, 3 to 8 p.m. Donors receive a $5 Chili’s coupon, plus a voucher for a free movie ticket. For a complete list of locations, call 888-936-6283 or visit www.oneblood.org /chilis.

The following Pinellas locations will participate in the event: 5430 East Bay Drive, Clearwater; 13359 Seminole Blvd., Largo; 7250 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park; 40584 U.S. 19 N., Tarpon Springs; and 6798 Crosswinds Drive, St. Petersburg.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.
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Scottish American Society social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.  

The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.   

Call 734 0757.
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• Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Back-to-school blood drives
Select Walmart stores will host Back to School blood drives over the tax free weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. For a complete list of Florida locations, visit www.oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 2: 1111 Missouri Ave., Largo; 10238 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg; 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater; 1794 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg;  and 3801 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 3: 2677 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater and 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.  

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.  

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Community garage sale
SEMINOLE –The Seminole Warhawk Marching Band Boosters will host a community garage sale, Saturday, Aug. 2, 7 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot of Seminole Middle School, 8701 131st St. This fundraiser supports the band. For more information, email farmerb@pcsb.org.  
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Indian Shores library book sale
INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book sale Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, offering books, magazines and puzzles in good condition. The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.  

To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, the library staff is giving those who spend $5 an ice cream sandwich. A tall glass of lemonade will also be served to donors.  

For more information, call Alice Lawrence at 542-9742 or email pipers@tampabay.rr.com.
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